Abney Park Cemetery is in Stoke Newington, Hackney. Opened in 18th century by Lady Mary Abney with help from Dr. Isaac Watts, and Stoke Newington residents, the Hartopp family. Abney Park is one of the Magnificent Seven London cemeteries, which includes the Daddy Highgate cemetery and smaller Old Brompton. More than 196,843 burials have taken place here. It stands just off the main high street and is right next door to Clissold Park. Abney is also a Local Nature Reserve and you are more than likely going to get attacked by butterflies all year round when you are in there.
Lady Mary Abney (1676 – 12 January 1750) inherited the Manor of Stoke Newington in the early 18th century, which lies about five miles north of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. She had a great influence on the design and landscaping of Abney Park which inspired many of Dr Isaac Watts’ poems and hymns. She is not buried in Abney Park but in Old Stoke Newington Church (St Mary’s Old Church) which is near Clissold Park (just across the road from Abney Park)
Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymn writer, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymn writer, he was recognised as the “Father of English Hymnody”, credited with some 750 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages. He is buried in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, although a statue of him stands in Abney Park cemetery.
Below is a statue (the only known statue) dedicated to Issac Watts
When God is nigh, my faith is strong;
His arm is my almighty prop:
Be glad, my heart; rejoice, my tongue;
My dying flesh shall rest in hope.
Though in the dust I lay my head,
Yet, gracious God, Thou wilt not leave
My soul for ever with the dead,
Nor lose Thy children in the grave.
My flesh shall thy first call obey,
Shake off the dust, and rise on high;
Then shalt Thou lead the wondrous way
Up to Thy throne above the sky.
There streams of endless pleasures flow;
And full discoveries of Thy grace,
Which we but tasted here below,
Spread heav’nly joys through all the place.
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FAMOUS PEOPLE BURIED HERE
William and Catherine Booth – founders of The Salvation Army
Bramwell Booth – Son of William and Catherine Booth.
Salvation Army commissioners-
George Scott Railton
Theodore Kitching – The Salvation Army’s first Commissioner
T. Henry Howard – Salvation Army’s Chief of Staff
Dr Thomas Binney – the ‘Archbishop of Non-conformity’ who has a portrait in the National Portrait Gallery that shows him at the Anti-Slavery Society Convention. Binney is buried close to the Church Street entrance in Abney Park Cemetery.
Christopher Newman Hall – who was influential on the side of slavery emancipation in the American Civil War, is buried here with his father.
Emily Gosse – Evangelist. Buried in a simple grave near Dr Watts’ Mound.
Dr Andrew Reed -founder of the London Orphan Asylum.
Henry Richard – Welsh MP and a mid-19th-century secretary of the Peace Society, instrumental in encouraging the first university in Wales at Aberystwyth along with its founder Sir Hugh Owen, whose own memorial is to the east of the Abney Park Cedar Circle.
Betsi Cadwaladr- a Welsh nurse who worked in the Crimea with Florence Nightingale.
Stoke Newington High Street,
London N16 0LH
Tel: 0207 275 7557